Paul Robinson slams Leeds United left-back Ezgjan Alioski for Euro 2020 display
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Ezgjan Alioski has found it tough for North Macedonia at the European Championships, according to Paul Robinson.
When the Balkan nation lost their Euro 2020 opener against Austria last week, ex-England international Ashley Cole was critical of Alioski, 29, for his defensive performance.
It’s an all-too-familiar story for Leeds United supporters, who’ve witnessed Alioski fail to fully adapt to the left-back role in the Premier League.
Robinson doesn’t feel as though North Macedonia are expected to do anything at the Euros but he feels Alioski had a bad game.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Defensively, Alioski struggled.
“North Macedonia, it’s a free-hit for them, nobody expects them to be in the tournament, never mind progress, so it’s very hard to criticise them.
“We know that Alioski has struggled defensively and he’s not the greatest at marking in set-play situations.
“Leeds struggled all season with set-plays and teams have targetted the left-side of the Leeds defence because they know the defensive frailties.
“To give him responsibility at set-plays isn’t advisable but let’s be honest, nobody expected North Macedonia to be in the tournament so anything they achieve is above and beyond.
“They’ve reached their goal already.”
Alioski’s contract situation at Leeds remains up in the air with his current deal due to expire at the end of the month.
It’s been widely reported the Whites want a new left-back ahead of next season but we’re yet to know whether Alioski will return to Elland Road once the Euros are over.
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